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AVAILABLE COPY Sunday, August 7, 1988 The Arizona Republic D5 BASEBALL ;IN At Mason finds joy, first triumph in more than year Dramatic finish in nightcap gives Firebirds split By Jeffrey Flanagan The Arizona Republic Want to know the definition of liappy? Try the Firebirds' Roger Mason, who gained his first victory in more than a year when the Firebirds held on a for a 2-1 triumph over the Las Vegas Stars on Saturday at Municipal Stadium. Las Vegas won the first game, 5-2. "I can't believe it," said Mason, grinning. "Pitching good is one thing, but getting that first victory is something else. It seemed like forever since the last one." It was June 22 of last year. Mason, who has struggled to overcome off-season shoulder surgery, was 0-7 this year. Mason pitched five shutout innings, then nervously watched as Las Vegas scored in the sixth off reliever Randy Dockus and had the bases loaded with one out. But Stu Tate got Tom Drassil to hit into a double play. More dramatic was the game's ending. After Tate struck out the first two hitters in the seventh, Dip Roberts walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Jcrald Clark followed with a single and the score appeared to be tied as Roberts slid ahead of left-fielder Charlie Hayes' throw. But Roberts missed the plate and catcher Kirt Manwaring tagged him for the final out. "What a way to get your first victory," Mason said. "Manwaring did a great job of blocking the plate, said Firebirds manager Wendell Kim. "(Roberts) had nowhere to go." Mason's single drove in Tony Perezchica, who led off the second with a double, for the game's first run. In the third, Perezchica made the score 2-0 with an RDI single that scored Matt Williams. In the first game, Greg 'Harris (8-3) and Keith Comstock combined on a three-hit effort for Las Vegas. Harris no-hit the Firebirds until Francisco Mclcndcz hit a broken-bat single with two out in the sixth. "lie threw me a fastball right over the plate," Mclcndcz said. It was a curious choice to give Mclcndcz, considering he is leading all of Triple-A in hitting (.378). "I'm sure (Harris) just wanted another out," Mclcndcz said. "He got better from the third inning on because he was getting his breaking ball over for strikes." Trailing, 5-1, the Firebirds Lights of progress casting shadow over Cubs tradition LIGHTS, from page D4 baseball at Wriglcy Field, is there a danger that the rest of the equation changes, too? It's something no one knows. Dut Steve Stone a Cubs broadcaster now, a Cubs pitcher in the mid-70s doesn't think so. "I think Cubs fans have had a loyalty above and beyond the call of duty for many, many years," Stone said. "They've developed a-quiet love affair with this team. And there are all types of explanations for why that love affair has developed. "I think a great deal of it has to do with the park itself. Wriglcy Field promotes a closeness to the team, especially because of its proximity. You can sec the third baseman sweat from the box scats behind the third-base dugout. You're very close. I don't think that will be changed by turning on lights at 7:30." It's Harry out there But one thing that will change when they turn on those lights is the time of day when you adjust your cable box to find Stone and the man who is the Cubs for a lot of people in this country Harry Caray. For the Harry Caray addicts out there, there is no such thing as Wheel of Fortune or One Life to Live. In the daytime, there is only Harry, there are only the Cubs, there is only WGN. "I understand it's big on WGN," Stone said. "I think that's really helped the Cubs. AH you have to do is look at the attendance figures. But I go beyond WGN. I look to Harry." Later that day, the man who has Holy Cowed the Cubs into a national attraction stood on the ramp outside his broadcast booth. He listened to hundreds of people below call his name. Still, Caray disputed the notion that the Cubs are successful because of him. The reason the Cubs are so big, he said, "is that they're the only team playing day baseball. At night, everybody's on TV, so many fans aren't going to be able to see the Cubs. They're watching their own team." Caray said he doesn't expect night games to change the Cubs' appeal because they still will have those 63 day games on the air from Seattle to Sccaucus. But he does expect some things to change once the light switch is turned on. "The kids who ride the El to come to the park in the daytime are not going to do that at night," Caray said. "And their parents can't drive to the ballpark, because there's no place to park. I think what you lose when you play a lot of night games is that kids develop other interests. "But I think everybody knows it isn't the Tribune Company and the Cubs who did this. It's baseball. It's Peter Ueberroth who said, 'If you want to play in the World Scries, you have to go to St. Louis.' " TV the culprit Four years ago, when the Cubs made the playoffs, they didn't have to play their home playoff games in St. Louis. But they did have to give up a home game to accommodate the TV schedule. They lost that scries, 3-2. They might have lost it even if they had played that extra game at home. But they would have liked to have fpund out. "Nobody really knows," said Jim Frey, then the Cubs' manager, now their general manager. "But, given the fact everything went the way it did, playing three home games would have been better than playing three road games. I think anyone would like to play the last game of the playoffs in his own home park." The Cubs won't have that kind of problem anymore. But they probably never should have had it in the first place. TV could have bowed to the uniqueness of Wriglcy Field. It simply chose not to. It altered the playoffs then. 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The Firebirds answered in the seventh on Rusty Tillman's pinch-hit single. "That's the first time we've seen Harris this season," Kim said. "Every time he's been scheduled to pitch against us, he's been hurt or something. He was tough tonight." Note The San Francisco Giants announced that Mike Krukow and Dave Dravecky have been sent to the Firebirds on 20-day rehabilitation programs. Krukow is expected to start Tuesday and Dravecky will start Wednesday. Giants vice president Dob Kennedy said both probably will throw about 60-70 pitches. On deck Firebirds (22-21) vs. Colorado Springs (16-25), affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. WHEN Tonight, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. All 7:05 starts. PITCHING PROBABLES ' Firebirds: Marty Bystrom (2-1), Lary Sorensen (2-2), Mike Krukow, Dave Dravecky. Colorado Springs: Joe Skalski (7-10), Rick Rodriquez (7-3), Tony Ghelfl (3-4), Chris Codiroli (4-2). 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